CA decriminalizes marijuana

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Fri, 10-01-2010 - 9:14pm

Schwarzenegger signs California marijuana decriminalization bill

October 1st, 2010

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Friday morning that decriminalizes possession of marijuana in the state.

Those caught with less than an ounce of marijuana will still receive a maximum penalty of $100. However, Senate Bill 1449 reduces the legal categorization of marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. This means that those caught will not have to appear in court, pay court fees or receive a criminal record.

Schwarzenegger opposes Proposition 19, a pending referendum that will provide a legal framework for the sale, cultivation and taxation of marijuana. However, despite this opposition, Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law. In a letter to the California Senate, Schwarzenegger stated that "less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name. The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney." He further stated that "In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket."

California director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Dale Gieringer lauded the governor's decision:

“Gov. Schwarzenegger deserves credit for sparing the state’s taxpayers the cost of prosecuting minor pot offenders, Californians increasingly recognize that the war on marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources.”

The new law is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2011.

http://www.examiner.com/crime-in-los-angeles/schwarzenegger-signs-california-marijuana-decriminalization-bill

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Fri, 10-01-2010 - 10:09pm

Good.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 8:55pm

I agree with you.

OT:

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-22-2000
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 9:03pm

I am not sure we want surgeons and the like legally smoking pot the nite b4 they operate on us. Let him have his wine, or his cocktail...pot...not so much...but thats me.

Sonny

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 9:05pm
just checking out what the quick reply gets you....
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-15-2008
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 9:15pm
i've never smoked pot. is a pot hangover worse than an alcohol hangover? although i would not want an alcohol hungover surgeon operating on me. should we criminalize alcohol?
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Registered: 10-05-2010
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 10:44pm

Me too.

~Opal~
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Registered: 10-05-2010
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 10:46pm
You know, it has dawned on my that I can't tell what post somebody is replying to. Maybe I'm missing something. How would someone know if somebody replied to their post?
~Opal~
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Registered: 09-15-2008
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 10:55pm
i was wondering the same thing! (replying to opal)
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2007
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 10:57pm
Testing this too - from my blackberry.

On the topic, it's almost irrelevant until the feds yield to states on this issue.
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Tue, 10-05-2010 - 11:40pm
I'd rather have someone operate on me that smoked pot the night before than got drunk.

 

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